Modern Day Pilgrims

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Expecting Again - 9 weeks

Chris and I are adding to our family!  We found out last month that we are expecting baby #2.  I'm about 9 weeks along now, and we went to the doctor today and got to see the baby and its little heartbeat pumping away on the ultrasound screen.  Charlotte kept saying, "Baby!  Baby!  Hi baby!"  It was sweet.

It's always so comforting and special to see the baby and know it's growing okay, so I couldn't wait for today.  It's definitely a different experience going to the doctor in Bahrain than in the states.  No urine test, no blood pressure test, no checking my weight.  We literally went in to the doctor's office, she asked me the start of my last period, asked what day I found out I was pregnant, and then did the ultrasound.  It took all of 15 minutes - a lot shorter than I expected.  Our next appointment is in a month, at which time our doctor said there's a 70% chance she'll be able to tell the sex.  This pregnancy feels different than my last one.  I'm still not nauseous, but I don't feel as good as I did with Charlotte.  So maybe it's a boy?  ;-)  I guess we'll have to wait and see in another 5 weeks.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Raggedy Ann

I love Americana, and Raggedy Ann is certainly Americana.  The cute little rag doll with red yarn hair is so nostalgic and reflects a bygone, simpler era that I wish I could go back in time and experience for at least a day.  When I saw a Raggedy Ann pattern for only $1.99 at JoAnn's, I couldn't pass it up.  I figured I might one day get around to making it.  Well, that "one day" finally arrived.  Raggedy Ann took awhile to make because there were so many pieces and the wig part of the doll didn't exactly go as I wanted it to, but all in all, I think it turned out alright and I hope it will make one little girl very happy for her 2nd birthday.

 I loved this pattern because it had a cute little heart applique to put on the chest.  Since I've recently acquired an embroidery machine, I embroidered the heart and the face.

 This is a close up of the embroidered face.  I managed to find a free doll face embroidery pattern online!

 Here's Raggedy Ann with her clothes on.  I also used the embroidery machine to embroidery her dress and petticoat.

I made a second outfit for Raggedy Ann, and it fits on other dolls, too!

This is the pattern I used.  Perhaps I'll get around to making the cute little kitty and doggy, too.